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Inquiry into student violence

Kokrajhar, July 7: The Kokrajhar district administration has ordered a magisterial inquiry to investigate the cause of violence by irate students in front of the BPF office in Kokrajhar town on Saturday.

A peace meeting was organised by Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Nitin Khade with different political and non-political organisations at the DC office conference hall today. Deputy commissioner Nitin Khade said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the unruly behaviour of students at the BPF party office and their misbehaviour with MLA Pramila Rani Brahma in Kokrajhar town on Saturday.

A total of 20 students were picked up in connection with the vandalism at the BPF office. He said the district administration is maintaining strict rules to avoid such incidents. “Protests like rail and highway blockades are strictly not allowed in the district,” he said.

Khade appealed to all sections of political, non-political and student organisations to maintain peace and to restrain from declaring any kind of blockades that hamper the daily lives of people.

Organisations like Absu, the AKRSU, ABMSU, BPPF, BPF, ABWWF, ABSYF and even senior citizens were present at the meeting.

Student groups, including Absu, the AKRSU and ABMSU criticised the administration for arresting 20 students and sending them to jail in connection with the assault on MLA Pramila Rani Brahma and vandalism of the BPF office. They also urged the administration to release the students.

Absu Kokrajhar district president Lowrence Islary criticised the incident and the attack on students by Assam police in the name of controlling the situation.

He said arresting some students would not solve the matter. Islary demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident where some students were victimised.

Bani Ram Barman, secretary of the All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU)’s Kokrajhar district committee, said the culprits would be caught only after an investigation.He, too, demanded an inquiry into the incident. Barman said the student body would never accept the attack and arrest of students.

The ABMSU also strongly condemned the incident. The meeting was attended by additional SP Surjeet Singh Panesar, former MP Charan Narzary and MLA Pradeep Kumar Brahma.